Back to School: Managing Asthma

As we settle back into the school year, it’s important to make sure your children have what they need in order to focus on learning. If your child has asthma, or even if they only occasionally suffer mild symptoms, now is the time to make sure your child and their school are well prepared. This includes evaluations from medical professionals who can provide the necessary treatment and resources.

With asthma becoming more prevalent among kids, most schools are prepared to help children with their condition. Asthma symptoms at school cannot be avoided, but there are steps that you as a parent can take to ensure kids have access to the treatment they need if they have an attack.

  1. Inform responsible adults (like your child’s teacher, school nurse, counselor, principal, and school bus driver) of your child’s condition, including severity and triggers, as well as how to administer inhalers or other treatment.
  2. Talk to your child about their asthma and explain to them as much as they can understand, depending on how old they are. Ensure that they know how and when to take their medication.
  3. Write up an asthma action plan to distribute to school officials who may care for your child.
  4. Provide the school nurse with your child’s medicines and instructions, and make sure to replenish the supply as needed.
  5. Arrange time to look around the classroom or other areas where your child will spend time at school to check for the presence of triggers, and work with teachers to reduce your child’s exposure.
  6. Touch base regularly with school officials to confirm that your child’s asthma is being properly managed at school.

By following these simple steps, you can rest easy knowing that your child can get the help they need while at school.

Have further questions about asthma? Our specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma Control of Georgia are available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us at (404) 994-3574 to schedule an appointment!

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